Our bespoke Assistance Dog training Programmes are stands out as client-centered options, both with exceptional training and ongoing support for the individual and their family or primary care-givers. Our Programmes have no age limit and are available to children and adults who are formally diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum condition.
Each dog on their Programme undergoes extensive training, during which they will learn to respond to key commands and engage in sensory games. We offer a highly customizable service and train each dog to perform advanced tasks that match the individual needs of the handler. Find out more about our bespoke training Programmes.
Our Assistance Dogs receive training and assessment in a wide range of environments, including shops, public transport, hospitals, cinemas and more. We are a British Airways pre-approved training school and our working Assistance Dogs have successfully flown across the globe! Find out more about life with an Assistance Dog
Animal welfare is at the heart of our organization. We take pride in our ‘positive reinforcement’ methods that are carefully formulated by our head trainer, Andrew Preston to stimulate the senses, engage the mind and utilize the intelligence of our dogs. Andrew has been training Assistance Dogs for nearly 9 years and is one of only three trainers in the UK to receive the highly coveted title of ‘Kennel Club Accredited Assistance Dog Instructor’ Every Assistance Dog candidate receives at least 8 months of one to one training sessions with Andrew and his team, supplemented with additional training, public access work, practice and assessment from our team of Assistance Dog trainers.
As a Kennel Club Assured breeder, Andrew has bred hundreds of healthy and happy puppies. Every Assistance Dog candidate is hand selected and assessed for temperament, health and vitality, vigor and biddability. Many of our working Assistance Dogs were bred and born at the farm as part of our own breeding programme. Find out more about our dogs.
We believe that education of the client is the cornerstone of a successful partnership. Our fully managed Assistance Dog Programme includes a 3-day family training phase, in which the client receives one to one instruction at the farm on how to care for and handle their dog, both at home, on walks and in a public setting. The Programme also includes home delivery and transition of the dog, which provides the family with additional training and advice during this crucial settling in period. Clients receive weekly phone call appointments with our Head Trainer Andrew Preston as part of our aftercare service.
Our At Home training Programme offers a dog owner the option to train and qualify their pet dog as an Autism Assistance Dog. A third of the training is under the watchful super vision of our expert trainers whilst two thirds are practiced at home.